Resources

Home Health Care Resources

 

Agencies

Elders’ Helpers works with the following agencies and associations:

Michigan Office of Services to the Aging

Michigan Office of Services to the Aging

Provides a wide array of services to meet the many different needs of seniors. It also serves as a vital resource for children, grandchildren, and others in their efforts to provide care for a loved one.

Resource list

Alzheimer’s Association  800-272-3900

For information and services related to dementia.

Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan  616-456-5664

For information and referral about Care Management, MI-Choice Waiver, Older Americans Act, and Kent County Senior Millage funded programs.

Eldercare Locator  800-677-1116

Services for older adults nationwide.

Senior Neighbors 616-459-6019

Provides many adult programs, resources, and volunteer opportunities.

Reliance Community Care Partners (formerly HHS, Health Options)  800-447-3007

Care management, MI-Choice Waiver, and Kent County Millage funded services.

Michigan Dept. of Human Services  855-444-3911

michigan.gov/dhs Adult Protective Services or Medicaid Home Help.

Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors  866-400-9164

elderlawofmi.org A statewide program that provides free legal advice and information over the telephone to citizens age 60 and older in Michigan.

Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Michigan  800-536-6300

mihospice.org You can find several local hospices under Hospice in the Yellow Pages; or consult with your physician.

Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) 800-803-7174

mmapinc.org This program is a free health-benefits counseling service for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. Call for information about long-term care/supplemental insurance, Medicare or Medicaid billing problems, prescription assistance, and program eligibility information.

Senior Neighbors Inc.  616-459-6019

seniorneighbors.org To find subsidized housing for low-income seniors, as well as services to promote independence at home.

Social Security  800-772-1213

ssa.gov For replacement of a lost Social Security or Medicare card or to sign up for income programs for the disabled or elderly.

Heart of West Michigan United Way  211 or 616-459-6281

hwmuw.org General information and referral.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  800-827-1000

benefits.va.gov

Dementia Friendly Grand Rapids  616-456-5664

dementiafriendlygr.com

Helpful Websites

American Association of Retired Persons

aarp.org

Alzheimer’s Association

alz.org

National Aging Information Center (NAIC)

www.healthinaging.org

Benefits Check-up

benefitscheckup.org To find programs for people ages 55 and over that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services.

www.recallcenter.com/drugs

www.recallcenter.com/hip-replacement

www.recallcenter.com/prevent-slips-trips-falls

www.mesotheliomaguide.com

www.consumersafety.org/

Caregiver Resources

caregiverresource.net Information on issues related to caregiving for aging loved ones.

Elders’ Law

elderlawofmi.org Information, tools, and resources for seniors.

Kaiser Health News

khn.org The latest information on health policy.

Law Help

lawhelp.org A guide to free and low-cost civil legal services in Michigan.

Medication Information

www.drugs.com The most popular, comprehensive and up-to-date source of drug information online. Providing free, peer-reviewed, accurate, and independent advice on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and natural products.

Legal Assistance Center

legalassistancecenter.org Self-help legal resources and information.

Medicare

medicare.gov Information regarding Medicare benefits with a section on comparing nursing homes. Or call 1-800-Medicare.

Michigan Office of Services to the Aging

michigan.gov/osa

Michigan Poverty Law Program

mplp.org For issue alerts.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

naic.org Watchdog organization for health insurance problems.

Eldercorps.org

Making Choices Michigan

http://makingchoicesmichigan.org Encouraging and facilitating advance health care planning by the people of West Michigan.